Family Ties

During our centennial year, we featured an individual or family whose stories have a connecting thread that links our county and our hospital histories together in every issue of our community magazine, Healthy Living.

The Wood Family - Spring 2012 Issue

Anyone who knows Delegate Johnny Wood, Jr., knows that the number in his family parallel the tremendous growth in St. Mary's County and at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. Read the full story.

The Thompson Family - Summer 2012 Issue


The late Upton and Miriam Drury Thompson married in 1936 and had nine children, all of whom of whom were born at St. Mary's Hospital. Three of their children, Mike Thompson, Franny Thompson and Pat Thompson Suit spent an afternoon recalling stories of their mother's childhood - stories that their "Mama" told them of the old St. Mary's. Read the full story.

The Bowes Family - Summer 2012 Issue

Living in St. Mary's County since the age of two, Bob Bowes, has his own ties to the hospital. He moved to the county with his parents, Joseph F. and H. Audrey Bowes, after the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II when a surge of workers came to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. He has lived in the county ever since, marrying his wife Patricia in 1961. Together the pair raised seven children - six of whom still call the Tall Timbers, Piney Point, Valley Lee and Leonardtown areas their home. Read the full story.

The Burch Family - Fall 2012

F. Elliot (Sonny) Burch, Jr. and his brother Donald (Buddy) talk about how four generations of their family took an active role in the community since the start of the family business in 1928. Read the full story.

The Mason and Holt Families - Fall 2012

When Sarah Mason Milburn came to work as a nurse's aide in 1981, she wasn't thinking about how it might impact future generations within her family. Mary Alberta (Bert) knew to send Sarah for a position at the hospital because she had worked in the hospital's kitchen for 29 years, many of those as the cook. Read the full story.

The Thompson Family - Winter 2012 Issue

Elfreda Talbert Mathis and her sister, Janice Talbert Walthour, are the daughters of Fred and Jeanette Thompson Talbert - a couple dedicated to family, education, community and a quiet, diplomatic approach to activism. Their family certainly had an impact on the hospital and the community. Read the full story.